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Happy Trails to You

September 18, 2017

Residents of ROSS’ off-base apartments with discounts for military are ready to take advantage of autumn’s cooler days.

When it’s summertime in the DC area, all you have to do to break a sweat is step outside the door and leave the air-conditioned comfort of your ROSS off-base apartment. Once September settles in, the big picture changes completely. If you really want to give your perspiration-wicking performance gear a workout, you’re gonna have to run, hike or bike for it.

Fortunately for you and your active lifestyle, there are trails surrounded by natural beauty and breathtaking scenic views everywhere you turn. To help you decide where to get moving, here’s a list of our five favorite venues. And if you’re wondering, all quotes are from a Washingtonian article by Taylor St. John.


Rock Creek Park 

A green, leafy oasis more than twice the size of New York’s Central Park, Rock Creek Park winds its way through a large portion of Northwest DC. The park offers a variety of paved roads and bike paths, one of which connects to the Mount Vernon Trail in Virginia… [Its] 2,100 acres include a public golf course, a horse center, tennis courts, and a boat center…”


Theodore Roosevelt Island

One of the leafiest places in town is Theodore ­Roosevelt Island. The 88.5-acre island rests just shy of the Virginia border…and has two-and-a-half miles of foot trails for pedestrians (bicycles aren’t permitted on the island…). Part forest, part marsh, part swamp, the habitat is home to birds, foxes, deer, and turkeys, and is an ideal spot for a quiet stroll or jog…”


C&O Canal and Towpath 

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is one of the most popular trails in the city, stretching [184.5 miles] from Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland, alongside the banks of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal…Bikers, hikers, and runners flock to the 14-mile trail from Georgetown to Great Falls, Virginia, where meandering curves along the old canal line and glimpses of river through the foliage provide a picturesque landscape…”


Mount Vernon Trail 

This 18.5-mile stretch of paved path starts at Rosslyn and runs south to the historic Mount Vernon Estate, George Washington’s former home. The first leg of the trip offers clear views of the [National] Mall, and the route continues through wooded land past Gravelly Point, the Daingerfield Island marina, Old Town Alexandria, and the Jones Point Lighthouse…”


Capital Crescent Trail

Used by more than a million runners and bikers each year, the 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail stretches along the Georgetown waterfront, beyond the District’s borders, and ends in downtown Silver Spring…It passes over four historic bridges and under two tunnels, and offers easy access to the C&O and Rock Creek trails, creating a 22-mile loop…”


When the fun is done, you’ll love running home to a community of ROSS’ off-base apartments for military. Double-time over to take a tour today!